Sunday, January 19, 2020

Beginner Academy Talk: 21 Things to Do with Amateur Radio, January 22nd 6 PM

Panama City ARC is launching Beginners Academy. Our goal is to help new hams get started in the hobby. Our club members have volunteered to give short talks and demos on amateur radio topics for beginners. These talks will be on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month at 6 PM. However, for January, they will be on the 4th and the 5th Wednesdays. You do not have to be a member of our club or licensed to attend. 

Our first talk is on January 22nd, 6 PM, at the Panama City ARC Clubhouse. The talk will be 21 Things to Do After You Get Your Amateur Radio License, adapted with permission from the book of the same name authored by Dan Romanchik, KB6NU. 

Ham Radio has come to the forefront since Hurricane Michael.  Bay County Amateurs formed an Amateur Radio Emergency Organization, see Also, visit for club announcements. 

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Panama City ARC Clubhouse Holiday Schedule


I want to wish a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your families.
In addition, I want to let you know the clubhouse schedule for the next two weeks for the CW classes and club meetings.

There will Not be a CW class and the clubhouse will Not be open on the next two Tuesdays (Dec 24, 2019 and Dec 31, 2019).  The next CW class will be on Tuesday Jan 07, 2020.
There will Not be a club meeting and the clubhouse will Not be open on the next two Wednesdays (Dec 25, 2019 and Jan 01, 2020).  The next business meeting will be on Wednesday Jan 08, 2020.

Have a safe and joyous holiday season.

President PCARC

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the Panama City Amateur Radio Club!

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Amateur Radio Beginner's Academy

Panama City ARC will present talks for beginning hams during the year 2020. Our goal is to get you started in a great hobby. 

Dates: January 22nd and 29th 2020 at 6 PM after that the 
2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 6 PM. 

Location: Panama City ARC Clubhouse, 130 N Church Ave, 
Panama City, FL 

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Friday, November 29, 2019

December 7th Tail Gate at the Clubhouse


We are having a Tailgate on Saturday, 7 December 2019.  Come on down to the clubhouse and join the fun.  You can bring your gently used gear to sell, trade, barter, swap, give away, get advice on, or whatever else. It should be a good time for all. Come see the improvements to the clubhouse.

Starts at 9:00 AM
Hamburgers or Hotdogs with Chips for a small donation
License Testing in the PM

130 N. Church Ave
Panama City, FL
Club repeater 145.210 100Hz tone

Bob Leasko
President PCARC

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Local 10 Meter Round-table Resurgence

A group of hams around Panama City is meeting on 28.4 MHz at the conclusion of the PCARC Monday night 145.210 FM net that starts at 7 PM. All hams are welcome to join in. This is a great opportunity to test out your HF rigs. Technicians have privileges on 10 meters for up to 200 watts of power. Corey N4UVR has a nice signal on 10 meters using a MicroBITX available for $129 at and also from

The local propagation mode seems to be line-of-sight, so you may not copy everyone. Vertical antennas do well. There will be a polarization mismatch between vertical and horizontal antennas. In any case, try what antenna you have. See a plan for a 10 meter J Pole here.

At this point in the 11-year solar cycle, ten meters is mostly closed for distance, particularly at night. But you never know. Phil N4STC reports success with FT8 on 10 meters lately. Over the years there have been similar nets locally and we occasionally get calls from out of town stations when the band happens to open up.


Greg N4KGL

MicroBITX HF Transceiver

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Jamboree On The Air 2019 is a Success

Jamboree on the Air!  This event at the Panama City ARC Clubhouse was a great success to those scouts who participated, learning their name in Morse Code, built an antenna, then talked on it, and ate lots of pizza.

Thank you to the hams who provided contacts on HF and the local repeaters.

These scouts made contacts from Arizona to New York.  They heard pile-ups and used Q-codes.

The club thanks Mark Cantrell KD4IMA and his crew for hosting the event.